"Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the Lord ’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:4, 5, 7-11)
The words were written by the Jewish prophet Isaiah approximately 800 years before Christ, and before the Romans invented crucifixion (piercing the hands and feet on a wooden beam) as capital punishment. You can read the entire Isaiah Scroll in the #DeadSeaScrolls online, from http://dss.collections.imj.org.il/isaiah #hebrew #isaiah53 #goodfriday #holyweek #history #primarysource #bible #archaeology #nofilter